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Representatives of President Donald Trump are pursuing thus-far unproven claims of fraud and illegal voting in Michigan, Pennsylvania and several other states, but have not taken issue with the presidential results in in Washington.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Loren Culp repeated today that he won't concede he has lost the race, saying to do so would "disenfranchise" voters whose ballots are still being counted.
WASHINGTON – Northwest elected officials urged calm and stressed the sanctity of the U.S. voting process Friday as Democratic candidate Joe Biden, leading his opponent by more than 4 million total votes amid historic turnout, appeared on the brink of winning the 270 electoral votes needed to reach the White House while incumbent President Donald Trump continued making evidence-free claims about cheating by Democrats.
Wyman defeated state Rep. Gael Tarleton in Tuesday's election with about a six-point lead as of Friday. Tarleton, who will retire in her role as state representative this year, officially conceded Friday.
As of Tuesday night, Democrat Mike Pellicciotti is leading in the treasurer's race while Democrat Gael Tarleton is within three percentage points of Republican Kim Wyman in the secretary of state's race, although it was too close to call as of Tuesday.
OLYMPIA – Although attempts to disrupt the U.S. elections have increased, Washington's voting system is safer than it was in 2016 and has withstood any attacks, state and local elections officials said Monday.
Incumbent Republican Kim Wyman debates Democrat Gael Tarleton in a forum hosted by the Thurston County chapter of the League of Women Voters of Washington.
In the race for secretary of state, each candidate has questioned the other’s partisan ties, claiming the chief elections officer should be nonpartisan when it comes to elections. But both candidates’ partisan ties have defined their campaigns.
Counties across the state will mail their ballots Oct. 8 and 9 early — one week earlier than the required 18-day voting period — amid national concerns changes at the U.S. Postal Service would cause delays in election mail.
Incumbent Secretary of State Kim Wyman said county election officials have been well prepared to handle the extra demands of a pandemic, while her Democratic challenger state Rep. Gael Tarleton said the Republican needs to do more to defend Washington's system of voting by mail.
The Washington Secretary of State’s office issued an emergency rule Wednesday requiring county election officials to use first-class postage to mail ballots to voters within 15 days of November’s election, seeking to ensure ballots are delivered on time amid concerns over delays at the Postal Service.
As Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the U.S. House of Representatives back into session this week to investigate the Postal Service, Washington Democrats in both chambers criticized plans to reorganize the mail system and the state’s attorney general was considering legal action.
A Democrat is almost guaranteed to be Washington’s next lieutenant governor.
OLYMPIA – The four candidates vying for Washington’s secretary of state position debated election reform, including how to improve voter access and how to keep Washington’s vote-by-mail system, in a League of Women Voters forum on Thursday.
Three candidates will take on Republican incumbent Secretary of State Kim Wyman in the Aug. 4 primary, and as COVID-19 forces the country to rethink voting systems, election reform is on candidates’ minds.
Washington Democrats and Republicans who filed online to run for precinct committee officer will need to do it again by Friday afternoon.
By running for a third term, Gov. Jay Inslee has kept more Democrats in place in the 2020 elections but energized Republicans.
Washington candidates who can’t afford the filing fee next week won’t have to go the alternate route of gathering a voter’s signature for every $1 in the fee.
Critics say all-mail voting is more subject to fraud. Fans say the whole country should switch to that system for November elections. They’re probably both wrong.
An underfunded or broke United States Postal Service could threaten the freedom and fairness of Washington’s elections, the state’s top election official said Wednesday.